American paratrooper and Soviet tanker.

The history of World War II knows an American who, during its conduct, managed to serve in both the American army and the Soviet. This man's name was Joseph Beyerly. He was born in Michigan and in 1942 joined the army as a volunteer, instead of studying at the university.
He served in the 506th Parachute Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army. Assigned him to the communications unit. After nine months of training, Beyerly, as part of the unit was sent to England. Prior to the landing of the Allies in Normandy, he managed to participate in two military operations relating to the supply of the French Resistance.
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Joseph R. Beyerly.
On the day the Allied forces landed in Normandy, the Beyerly unit, loaded into Douglas, flew to France, where it was supposed to be parachuted into the division. However, the plane was hit. Beyerly was lucky, during the jump he fell on the roof of the church of a small French town.The very same unit was supposed to undermine a small power plant. It is worth noting that this task was nevertheless completed. After that, Beyerli fell into German captivity.
From captivity, Beyerly tried to escape several times. Accordingly, several times after being caught, he was transferred to different prisons. Once our hero with cellmates tried to escape by train, but he brought them to Berlin, where the fugitives fell into the hands of the Gestapo, from where they fell into Stalag of Kostrzyn-on-Oder. As a result, Beyerly fled and from there, though he now went east and not west. It was the beginning of 1945, the sounds of shots of Soviet guns became his guide.
A couple of weeks on the way, in January 1945, Beyerly met with the advanced unit of the 1st Guards. tank army. At the same time, when meeting with Soviet soldiers, he repeated one phrase: "I am an American comrade!" So the American paratrooper got into the Soviet tank division, where he was appointed to the post of machine-gunner in the crew of the Lend-lease Tank "Sherman", where he continued his war.
In February 1945, the unit fell under the airstrike of German attack aircraft. Beyerly was seriously injured and was taken to hospital.There is an opinion that Marshal G. Zhukov personally visited him in the hospital, who somehow learned about the Soviet-American tankman. And it was he who gave him the accompanying documents to Moscow, where our hero arrived in April. There he appealed to the American embassy, ​​where Beyerly’s appearance was very surprised. He was considered dead, and his family was even sent a corresponding telegram to Michigan. Moreover, he even managed to sing as dead in the local church.
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A telegram about the death of D. Beyerly, sent to his family in 1944.
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D. Beyerly on the threshold of the house.
Until clarification of circumstances Beyerli remained in Moscow. The very same person was identified using fingerprinting. After that, he returned to his homeland. A year after the end of the war, Beyerly married, his wedding was consecrated by the same priest who read it the year before.
In the end, Joseph Beyerly lived a long and happy life. He married three children. One of his sons worked at the US Embassy in Russia in the 2000s. In 1994, he was present at the meeting of Presidents B. Clinton and B. Yeltsin in the United States. And in 1995, he came to Russia, where he took part in celebrations on the occasion of Victory Day. D. diedBeyerly in 2004.
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D. Beyerly (left) in Moscow, 1995.

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